Location: Middle East

UAE - DIFC office

UAE - DIFC overview

Equiom in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Equiom’s portfolio in the UAE is wide-reaching with 4 offices in the region, each expert in their respective field. The offices all work closely together to ensure we continually share our expert knowledge amongst the team and to provide the highest level of service to all our clients. Many clients benefit from using a combination of solutions across the offices to support them across different service lines. 

Equiom in the DIFC is represented by:

Equiom Fiduciary Services (Middle East) Limited

Equiom launched in the DIFC in March 2019, under the operating name of Equiom (Isle of Man) Limited (DIFC Branch), before changing its licence over Equiom Fiduciary Services (Middle East) Limited in March 2022.

The office is regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and is responsible for the promotion of a full range of trust and fiduciary services. The company’s offering meets the individual requirements of clients including high net worth individuals, family offices and corporations.

Equiom Corporate Services (Middle East) Limited (Regional HQ)

Equiom Corporate Services (Middle East) Limited oversees Equiom's compliance and risk management offering in the UAE. The highly knowledgeable and experienced team offers assistance with Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) licence applications, outsourced Compliance Officer and Money Laundering Reporting Officer functions, governance and risk management solutions, as well as delivering compliance and AML training. Equiom Corporate Services (Middle East) Limited was formed following the acquisition of HOLT consultancy in November 2018, before it rebranded to Equiom in July 2019.

Why choose the DIFC?

  • DIFC boasts 100% foreign ownership
  • DIFC has internationally accepted laws and regulatory processes
  • UAE is strategically located at the heart of one of the world’s most prosperous and rapidly developing regions 
  • Ranked 11 of 190 countries in the 2019 ‘Doing Business’ report published by the World Bank
  • UAE has low corporate taxes and no taxes imposed on expat salaries or wages
  • UAE has world class infrastructure in place with substantial investments being made in further infrastructure and industrial manufacturing projects, especially in the run up to Expo 2020 and UAE Vision 2021.
Equiom Fiduciary Services (Middle East) Limited is regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA).

UAE - DIFC Services

Equiom in the DIFC offers individuals, family offices and businesses a full range of trust, fiduciary, compliance and risk management services.

  • Corporate Services | End of Service Savings Plan

    Equiom, through Equiom Fiduciary Services (Middle East) Limited, is able to provide trustee solutions for organisations who wish to enhance their End of Service Gratuity obligations to their employees in line with UAE Labour Law.

    End of Service Gratuity (EOSG) is a statutory severance pay across many Middle Eastern jurisdictions and is comparative with a retirement savings or pension scheme.

    The majority of companies in the UAE do not separate cash to cover their employees’ EOSG liabilities from their working capital. So while employers accrue this obligation within their balance sheet, this is typically not ring-fenced and circumstances such as a large claim or an unanticipated number of leavers at any one time can adversely impact on cash flow for a business. Likewise, this could result in unease for employees who are worried that their gratuity may be under threat in the event of an adverse action against the company.

    Equiom has provided independent professional services to manage End of Service Gratuity risk for companies in the UAE for over 20 years, adapting to the changing landscape along the way. We provide a range of services from simple trust structures to sophisticated fully interactive solutions to suit the needs of any business, large or small, in the GCC.

    Equiom Fiduciary Services (Middle East) Limited is regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA).

  • Corporate Services | Payroll & People Services

    Equiom provides a range of payroll and people services that can be tailored to suit any company in the UAE, regardless of its size or the number of employees.

    Our highly trained team can support your organisation’s needs, whether you are looking to reduce your operational costs or simply do not have the in-house expertise or resource available. Equiom complies with all the latest regulations in the region, so that you can rest assured your staff are taken care of for the duration of their employment, including setting up their visa, payroll and even taking care of their End of Service Gratuity.

    Equiom provides an unrivalled level of service with fully dedicated client relationship teams on hand 24/7 to answer your questions.

    Our payroll services in the UAE include:

    • Provision of a secure UAE compliant monthly wage protection system (WPS)
    • Co-ordination of payroll administration
    • Maintenance of payroll related records including provision of payslips
    • Assistance in obtaining mandatory UAE medical insurance
    • HR consultancy services
    • HR on-boarding and administration services
    • UAE orientation

    Our people services in the UAE include:

    • Turnkey visa services for any company in any Emirate in the UAE, whether you need employment visas, dependent visas, investor visas, domestic worker visas (free zones), visit visas, golden visas, tourist visas, short-term visas, mission visas or even visa cancellation
  • Corporate Services | Risk & Compliance Services

    We provide outsourced compliance services for institutional asset managers to ensure that you remain compliant with the rules and regulations set out by local regulatory bodies. We work with you to ensure robust systems and controls are in place and provide additional compliance or risk management support where needed. Our knowledgeable team specialises in compliance across multiple sectors from asset management to private and investment banking.

    Equiom’s managed compliance solutions are the perfect complement to any organisation, delivering considerable benefits. Our hands-on experience means we help our clients develop and manage effective compliance programs to identify issues before they become violations.

    This service is ideal for those thinking of setting up in a new region, looking to consolidate an existing business, in need of temporary cover for unexpected staff absences or even wishing to undertake additional compliance training. 

    Our compliance and risk management services include: 

    • Providing suitable individuals to act as Compliance Officer and / or Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) on an outsourced basis 
    • Training and mentoring or ad hoc support for an existing in-house compliance / anti-money laundering (AML) function
    • Assisting in preparation for regulatory risk assessments or responding to enforcement proceedings
    • Conducting mock interviews to prepare individuals for authorisation by the local regulator
    • Compliance and AML focused audits, reviews or special projects
    • Creating mandatory compliance, AML and counter terrorist financing materials
    • Delivering all aspects of compliance and AML training as required by the regulator

    We provide advice and guidance on:

    • A firm’s ability to meet local regulatory requirements 
    • The duties and responsibilities of Authorised Individuals 
    • A firm’s policies, procedures, systems and controls 
    • Regulatory risk assessments, thematic reviews or regulatory visits 
    • The set-up of the compliance function and creating a strong compliance culture
    • Data protection advisory

    Benefits of outsourcing your compliance function include: 

    • Access to a pool of subject matter experts
    • A convenient and cost-effective way to address regulatory issues
    • Swift access to additional support in times of change, such as firms facing sudden growth and / or increased regulatory demands
    • Ease the burden on internal infrastructure 
    • Address a short-term or long-term shortage of talent
    • Help to navigate complex and continually changing regulations
  • Corporate Services | Structure Set Up & Support Services

    For clients thinking of setting up a new business or re-structuring an existing company, Equiom simplifies the process by providing an appropriate solution and structure for that company. 

    Equiom has been providing its market-leading company services for over 40 years, helping clients to meet their personal and business needs, while protecting their ownership and controlling interests every step of the way.

    We offer the following company services for Multinational Corporations:

    • Company incorporation and registration
    • Formation of a trust / foundation
    • Establishing a branch of a foreign company (subject to market restrictions which we can guide you through)
    • Notarisation & attestation services
    • Government liaison and Public Relations Officer (PRO) support services
    • Key personnel, including company directors, nominee shareholders and company secretarial services
    • Market intelligence and due diligence 
    • Market insights and introductions to major buyers, projects, and government stakeholders
    • Escrow services
  • Wealth Structuring | Trustee & Fiduciary Services

    Trust is something that is earned

    Operating throughout the world’s most stable and reputable jurisdictions, our international trust and foundation specialists identify the most appropriate trust structures to protect and enhance your private or corporate wealth and assets.

    Our experienced teams operate in both common law and civil law jurisdictions. We guide you through the complexities of local laws and regulations to find the right solution for you, organising the initial establishment of a trust or foundation and administering it carefully to maximise the benefits. We ensure its legal and tax status is maintained and provide regular accounting and financial reporting.

    Over the years, we have earned an enviable reputation as leading professional trustees, dedicated to maintaining our clients’ prosperity. We aim to give you more control over your assets today, and more confidence about your holdings tomorrow – helping ensure that your family, employees, or favoured charities are well looked after for years to come.

    In the DIFC, Equiom (through Equiom Fiduciary Services (Middle East) Limited) offers :

    • Establishment and administration of trusts and foundations, which can hold a variety of financial and non-financial assets
    • Dedicated accounting and financial reporting
    • Estate planning
    • The establishment and maintenance of banking relationships
    • DIFC Trusts

    We can also assist with:

    • Private trust companies
    • Managed trust companies
    • Employee benefit trusts
    • Employee ownership trusts
    • Charitable trusts
    • Property unit trusts
    • Purpose trusts
    • Will trusts/pilot trusts
    • Executor services
    • Benefits of a trust
    • Asset protection and careful planning to ensure tax efficiency
    • Succession planning with full control on how assets are distributed upon death  
    • Confidentiality and the avoidance of a public probate court hearing

    Equiom Fiduciary Services (Middle East) Limited is regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA).


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